Portable Power Tool Safety
Portable power tools are common at many workplaces, but many workers become complacent when using them on the job and are seriously injured as a result. This course is designed for workers who use portable power tools such as drills, sanders, chain saws, circular saws, and grinders and provides information about the hazards and safe practices to prevent injury. By the end of the course, you will be able to identify the hazards of portable power tools, take precautions against injury, use tool guards effectively and correctly, and understand common safety practices for specific types of tools. Duration: 14 minutes
Why “Portable Power Tool Safety” Matters:
Every year in the United States, portable power tools cause over 10,000 work-related injuries that result in lost workdays. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues hundreds of citations for portable power tool hazards every year, with an average single-violation penalty of over $2,000. Training in safe use of portable power tools can prevent many of these injuries and violations.
- Recognize the unique hazards of operating different portable power tools.
- Follow safe operating procedures that reduce the risk of injury.
- Use and adjust tool guards effectively and correctly.
- Demonstrate hazard recognition and correction of unsafe conditions.